Arosa

by Nicole Huwyler, Switzerland

My name is Nicole and I’m from Switzerland. I’m 19 years old. I grew up in Zurich with my parents and an older sister and older brother. When I finished my school I went to Arosa for my apprenticeship as a waitress in a hotel. So for the last 4 years, I lived in Arosa and it became my home.

Important Information’s about Arosa

Arosa is in the southeast area of Switzerland in the canton Graubünden. You can only travel by car or train from Chur. Arosa has 3205 inhabitants. The high seasons are in summer and winter. In the spring and fall, only the inhabitants live there. They are two lakes in the center of Arosa called Obersee and Untersee. In the winter you can go skiing, walking and ice-skating and in the summer hiking, swimming in Untersee and enjoy the sun.

 

 

Lovely places in summer

The most beautiful and oldest building in Arosa is the Bergkirchli. It’s a church and they have an organ from 1762. In Bergkirchli we have concerts, marriages, funerals and on special days like Christmas, a religious mass.

My favorite place is by the lake Alplisee. It has a wonderful hiking tour for an hour. The trail is extremely precipitous, but when you are by the Alplisee you can enjoy the fresh air and the sun. Also, you can go swimming, but it’s very cold, like 5 degrees.

In the summer we also have
a beautiful lake Untersee where you can go swimming, playing Volleyball or just relax with your friends.

Winter experience

In the winter it’s common to go skiing. Since 2014 we have about 225 km ski runways together with the Lenzerheide. I love the winter when it’s white everywhere. Also, a fun experience is to go sledding. That can be hilarious but also very dangerous. We have two big events in winter. One is the Humor-Festival that’s always in the beginning of the season and goes 10 days. There are 3 shows in one the day where comedians present their programs. Artists from Switzerland, Germany, England and Austria come to Arosa and present their programs on 2000 meters in a very big tent.

The second event is called “Arosa Electronica”. It’s a music festival for the people who love electronic music. The Festival is always in the middle of March for a week. It has 11 locations for this event like in a skiing cottage, in a club or in a hotel.

Sport

Ice-hockey is the most famous sport in Arosa. We have two teams; one is playing in the first league and the second in the fourth league. In the past, the EHC Arosa was one of the best teams in Switzerland. They won 9 Swiss Championships in the years 1951-1957, 1980 and 1982.  The most famous player from the EHC Arosa was Guido Lindenmann. Now Guido has a bar in Arosa called “Overtime”. My best friend Alex and i go only to watch the games of the second team because my Uncle Bruno, my boyfriend Kevin, and Paul (Alex’s Boyfriend) a very good friend play there. Their team name is Wild Hogs.  

Introduction of Sony A6000 Camera

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What is the best camera for a beginner? I would say it must be a Sony A6000. To begin with, A6000 uses a mirrorless system, which makes it more portable so we can carry it easily when we go traveling and to family events. Moreover,  the lightweight feature enables us to carry more equipment such as lenses and a tripod which helps to improve the picture.

  Personally, I am one of the Sony A6000 users. The first thing that attracts me is its focus speed. It is way faster than other mirrorless cameras. In this case, you may think, focus speed may not be a big deal but in fact, it becomes very significant when the shooting subject is moveable, like sport, kids and pets. Have you ever been in this situation? When you tried to shoot something but it takes a long time to focus on the subject? This won’t occur with the A6000 (in general) because it allows the user to catch what they see immediately.

  In addition, it can take 11 shots in a second. When you are shooting at high speed, it can’t be difficult to miss the moment especially when shooting sports. With the high speed focusing, it guarantees that you won’t miss your kids or the player’s movement.

 

  As you can see the picture above, there are not too many buttons on the camera, so it will be easier for the beginner to use. Considering that sometimes people will freak out when there are many buttons and they don’t know which one to press. Furthermore, the A6000 has an electronic viewfinder, which helps people to focus more easily during shooting. It gives you a clearer vision under a strong light environment. This viewfinder can show what the picture will look like, which an optical viewfinder can’t do. For example, if your photo is too dark or too bright, you can notice it in advance so you can adjust it immediately. The screen of A6000 is adjustable. It can flip up 90 degrees and flip down 45 degrees. With this feature, you don’t need to lay on the ground to shoot low angle shots and you can also put your camera higher than the crowd and get some awesome shots. Moreover, hotshoe and built-in flash are other features of the A6000 which allows you to adapt the flash or other equipment. The built-in flash can flip up so the light would become more natural.

  Sony A6000’s lens system is the Sony E-mount. That means all E-mount lenses can be mounted on the A6000. As a changeable lens camera, the advantage is that you can change lenses for different usages. For instance, if you are shooting a landscape, you want to show the imposing view, you might need a wider angle lens to capture as much as view possible into your photo. If you want to shoot the moon or things are far away from you, you will need a telephoto lens to help you.

  Another amazing things is that the A6000 can use adapter to adapt other brands lens such as Nikon, Canon and other lens mounting system. Then you just need to buy a adapter and borrow the len that fits the adapter or you can just use your old one.

  As there are a lot of lens available, which lens is more suitable? At first, you have the kit lens (SEL1650) and a basic telephoto lens (SEL55210) that comes with your camera. Basically, these two lens can provide your most need. The kit lens can fullfill all your daily needs. Also the basic telephoto lens (SEL55210) can let you shoot distant things and these two lens provide the basic need for beginner. However, if you think that having two lens would bother you, then you can consider having the SEL16200 and cambined the kit lens and the basic telephoto lens.

  For other lens choice, the SEL1670z is better than SEL1650, and SEL70200G or SEL70200GM is better than SEL55210. Their image quality is better but the weight is heavier. For wide angle lens, SEL1018 is a good choice, however it is a bit overpriced. For a cheaper choice, you can try the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0.

   To summarise, the A6000 is a great photographing and vlogging camera because of its fast focusing speed and 11 shot per second and other useful feature, but there are still a few drawbacks. Firstly, the screen can not flip 180 degree which is not convenient when taking selfie or group photo. Secondly, the battery life cannot compare with DSLR camera, but carrying more battery could be the solution of this issue and the power can stay one day of daily shooting.       

And here are some of my shots using the A6000:

 

 

A “Little” of the American Culture

     By Louana Fancello, Belgium

When I say “America” what are you thinking about? Big country, celebrities, movies, big cars, famous cities, …? But what is the most famous topic in this country? The FOOD of course! In the United States, a lot of people come from various countries, bringing their traditions and food.

     Before I left to come here, I was really afraid of gaining a lot of weight. Actually, you just have to find a balance between the foods, your free time and sport … For example; you can follow a healthy diet during the week, and allow yourself to eat any kind of junk food on the weekend.

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     Also, the most important thing when you have free time is to move and do something. If you stay at home and watch movies, you will be tempted to snack between your meals.

     Then, one of the biggest problems here in The United States is the constant exposure to food. Wherever you go, you can see that the food is unnaturally shiny and perfect; I mean you always want to try something which is different from your country. Most of the time, the color of the food is attractive. For example, the arrangement of the fruits and vegetables in the supermarkets will make you hungry.

     As The United States is a big country, the size of the portions is proportional. Everything is really big everywhere and it is difficult to refuse.

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     They are not only difficulties about following a healthy diet. Another problem is the price. The prevalence of obesity here is awful. Why? Because healthy food is really expensive so we can say that it is not only the people’s fault. When you compare the prices and the time that you spend to buy food, it is easier to choose the junk food like hamburgers,hot-dogs, tacos,… than a salad or something healthy.

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     To conlude, as it is my first time in this country, I don’t really pay attention on what I eat, I just motivate myself to go to the gym in order to enjoy my stay here. We are always criticizing people who suffer from obesity, but when we take a closer look at the situation, we can see that the rate of obesity is relative to the country. How people can eat healthy if the see publicities for fast-food everywhere, which are so attractives? Fran Lebowitz, a journalist said: “If you’re going to America, bring your own food.”

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The diversity of being a make-up artist

by Jill Stauffer, Switzerland

A makeup artist is an artist whose medium is the human face and body. He or she applies make-up or other items to create certain effect. The great thing about this job is that you have so many different options to express your creativity. There is a wide range of employment possibilities such as for television, filmmaking, fashion, magazines, weddings and so forth.  The most important thing is to be creative and brave because when it comes to make-up artistry there are no limits. Only if you push through the boundaries and are not afraid to try out new ideas, there’s a chance that you will make the big business. As the more skills you have, the more options you have when it comes to jobs. In this article I would like to tell you more about this amazing job and it’s different ranges.


Show your creativity

A good way to show your creativity in this job is through body painting and/or airbrushing. Bodypainting is a kind of body art. It means painting something temporary, painted onto the human skin. Most of the artists combine body painting with airbrush make-up. Airbrush make-up is a make-up sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush gun instead of brushes, sponges, fingers or other methods. Airbrush make-up is also used as wedding make-up because it lasts very long. To do a full body painting can take up to seven hours or more. Each year the best body painters of the world show off their skills during competitions at the world bodypainting festival.

The fascination of SFX make-up

SFX make-up also called special effects make-up and FX prosthetics is the process of using prosthetic sculpting, modeling and casting techniques to create advanced cosmetic effects.

 Special make-up is often used to transform someone into a totally different character or to create realistic injuries.The options range from are full body transformations to just small parts like a scar or a cut. The most important thing for a realistic result is to study detail of the end result you want to reach. For example when you have to do an injury you have to know how it happens and when it happens. A bruising looks different on the first day than on the fifth.  

  

 

 

Be the one who makes a bride’s day perfect

To make someone happy is the best feeling you can have. Especially brides are so thankful and it is a great experience to accompany them on their way to getting married.  A bridal make-up is maybe not the most creative one but it’s also challenging. It’s all about organization. A very important thing is to do find out what the bride’s wishes for and will be wearing so you can find the perfect make-up for her.

Make-up artist and hairstylists

It’s also highly probable that you are not just doing the make-up but also the hair.  Maybe just an easy braid or some waves but as more skills you have the more jobs you get. But most of the time there are special artists which are trained just in hairstyling. Then you work together as a team, someone does the make-up, someone the hairstyling and also stylists choosing the right dresses.

 

It is the combination of teamwork and the skills from the particular that makes the perfect picture, editorial, film, runway look or whatever. To meet this entire people is also a big part of this wonderful and exciting job. It’s more than just apply some colors onto the skin. It’s the creativity and the diversity of all the people in this industry what makes it interesting. To be a make-up artist is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

Haunted House in Puerto Montt, Chile

Since the 8th of February, a family in the city of Puerto Montt, located in the southern part of Chile, is living a real nightmare. The southern part of that country is known by its many stories and legends, like: El  Trauco, a beast that kidnaps women, take them to the forest, to finally leaves them pregnant, or El Caleuche, a haunted pirate boat, with a ghost crew. The local people say that if you see it, (happens rarely) bad lucks comes into your life.

 

 

 

Mostly of the southern citizens know this story, but ignore them. It was a real surprise when this family in Puerto Montt called the police officers with a haunted house problem. The police in Chile, called by the name of Carabineros de Chile, came into the house and reported: windows broken when they entered, flying furniture(See the Conjuring if you don’t understand that expression), and a burning mattress when the house was empty(they saw the smoke from outside). Of course, the police officers left the house immediately after these events. The Captain of the Puerto Montt police station said to the media that it was a “diabolic presence”.

 

The local citizens, terrified about all these events, called a priest for him to bless the house and repel all the “dark forces” that wander around the house. One of the kids living there entered with the priest to the house and recorded a video of a furniture suddenly falling down just in the priest location. Hopefully, they noticed and successfully dodged it (Watch the video). In the recording you may see the priest terrified about all those paranormal issues and refuses to make any declaration after he finished the job.

 

 
The police officers, once outside, made the 100% sure declaration that the house was haunted. Also, they testified about things very similar to the video of the furniture suddenly falling down: flying knives chasing them, furnitures burning alone, etc. The press media arrived to the place of the facts, and now it is known around all of Chile and every part of the world. Even here in Santa Barbara, California, I have hear classmates talking about that, not only Chileans, even Europeans!.

 

 

 

These events happen rarely but, make us think about their probabilities of being true. There will always  be sceptical people who do not believe in that, but the videos and the testimonies prove they are there. Its your choice to believe it or not. Personally, I’m a Catholic person, so I believe in demonic presence and also in the demons.

 

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The Difference Between Food In Switzerland And The USA

By Gioia Mathis, Switzerland

Food is a very important thing for me and for most people because, to stay healthy and to have energy, we have to eat good quality food which are rich in vitamins. This means if we want to have a happy life, we have to care about our food ,but that’s not easy and we have to educate ourselves about how to eat healthy and to care about what we eat and where it comes from, and that is often the problem. We need to learn this as children and it is good if the parents care, but often they don’t. So we have to be taught at school, but sadly most countries don’t offer this kind of education. The US, for example, barely does this. Only a few schools teach their students the meaning of good and healthy food. Switzerland in contrast, really cares about it and also where food comes from. We are taught what is healthy for our bodies and what is not. So we have to learn about different kinds of sugar, salt, proteins etc. that we need to consume to be healthy. We have to take at least two years of cooking lessons as well.

Compare the meals between Switzerland and the US:

Breakfast:

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This is a typical Swiss breakfast. It’s made of yogurt, fruits and oatmeal. It is very simple but it is delicious and it makes sure that we have enough energy to start our day.  You can add any time fruit you like and maybe some cinnamon.

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This a typical American breakfast made of eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon and French fries. It may look amazing but it is, for sure, the wrong way to start a healthy day. It is made of fat, sugar, and high calories.  Fat and sugar are really bad for the heart and too much sugar can cause diabetes.

Lunch/Dinner

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This is what a lunch in Switzerland could look like. It is made of Roesti, a typical Swiss meal made of fried, thin sliced potatoes. Together with meat and a cream sauce it is a perfect and quite healthy lunch, but often Swiss people don’t have enough time because the lunch break its quite short. So instead they eat a salad or a sandwich and the dish on the picture is called “Zueri Geschnetzeltes”. They eat it on the weekend, so there is time to enjoy this delicious meal.

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This is the most common lunch for an American. It is made of oily fries and burger with a lot fat. This is the cheapest and fastest option that’s why most people choose this as their lunch/dinner.

Maybe this looks like a cliché that everybody just thinks that Americans eat a lot of junk food, but sadly this is the most common meal in the US. The reason is that healthy food is very expensive and fast food is the low-cost option. All this unhealthy food causes diseases and a lot people suffer from diabetes or become overweight. That’s why I think it is so important to teach children what is healthy and what is not, what causes people to gain weight or develop different kinds of diabetes. They need to grow up having a healthy relationship with food.

I don’t want to offend anybody. I’m talking in general terms but it is no secret that American people suffer much more from diseases caused by unhealthy food than people in Switzerland.

Introduction of SonyA6000 camera By Boxuan Zhan, Macau,China

Boxuan Zhan, Macau,China

What is the best camera for a beginner? I would say it must be a Sony A6000. To begin with, A6000 uses a mirrorless system, which makes it more portable so we can carry it easily when we go traveling and to family events. Moreover,  the lightweight feature enables us to carry more equipment such as lenses and a tripod which helps to improve the picture.

Personally, I am one of the Sony A6000 users. The first thing that attracts me is its focus speed. It is way faster than other mirrorless cameras. In this case, you may think, focus speed may not be a big deal but in fact, it becomes very significant when the shooting subject is moveable, like sport, kids and pets. Have you ever been in this situation? When you tried to shoot something but it takes a long time to focus on the subject? This won’t occur with the A6000 (in general) because it allows the user to catch what they see immediately.

In addition, it can take 11 shots in a second. When you are shooting at high speed, it can’t be difficult to miss the moment especially when shooting sports. With the high speed focusing, it guarantees that you won’t miss your kids or the player’s movement.

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As you can see the picture above, there are not too many buttons on the camera, so it will be easier for the beginner to use. Considering that sometimes people will freak out when there are many buttons and they don’t know which one to press. Furthermore, the A6000 has an electronic viewfinder, which helps people to focus more easily during shooting. It gives you a clearer vision under a strong light environment. This viewfinder can show what the picture will look like, which an optical viewfinder can’t do. For example, if your photo is too dark or too bright, you can notice it in advance so you can adjust it immediately. The screen of A6000 is adjustable. It can flip up 90 degrees and flip down 45 degrees. With this feature, you don’t need to lay on the ground to shoot low angle shots and you can also put your camera higher than the crowd and get some awesome shots. Moreover, hotshoe and built-in flash are other features of the A6000 which allows you to adapt the flash or other equipment. The built-in flash can flip up so the light would become more natural.

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Sony A6000’s lens system is the Sony E-mount. That means all E-mount lenses can be mounted on the A6000. As a changeable lens camera, the advantage is that you can change lenses for different usages. For instance, if you are shooting a landscape, you want to show the imposing view, you might need a wider angle lens to capture as much as view possible into your photo. If you want to shoot the moon or things are far away from you, you will need a telephoto lens to help you.

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Another amazing things is that the A6000 can use adapter to adapt other brands lens such as Nikon, Canon and other lens mounting system. Then you just need to buy a adapter and borrow the len that fits the adapter or you can just use your old one.

As there are a lot of lens available, which lens is more suitable? At first, you have the kit lens (SEL1650) and a basic telephoto lens (SEL55210) that comes with your camera. Basically, these two lens can provide your most need. The kit lens can fullfill all your daily needs. Also the basic telephoto lens (SEL55210) can let you shoot distant things and these two lens provide the basic need for beginner. However, if you think that having two lens would bother you, then you can consider having the SEL16200 and cambined the kit lens and the basic telephoto lens.

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For other lens choice, the SEL1670z is better than SEL1650, and SEL70200G or SEL70200GM is better than SEL55210. Their image quality is better but the weight is heavier. For wide angle lens, SEL1018 is a good choice, however it is a bit overpriced. For a cheaper choice, you can try the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0.

To summarise, the A6000 is a great photographing and vlogging camera because of its fast focusing speed and 11 shot per second and other useful feature, but there are still a few drawbacks. Firstly, the screen can not flip 180 degree which is not convenient when taking selfie or group photo. Secondly, the battery life cannot compare with DSLR camera, but carrying more battery could be the solution of this issue and the power can stay one day of daily shooting.

picture from a6000 by me